Re: DNA tests in Israel #dna

Avshalom Zoossmann-Diskin

The law in Israel does not forbid DNA tests for genealogy. It does
forbid genetic testing for parentage without a court order, (to protect
children >from being declared Mamzerim according to Jewish law) and does
require registration for those having a genetic database.

Israelis test freely with the American companies Family Tree DNA and 23
And Me, which do not come under Israeli Jurisdiction. Ancestry does not
send its kits to Israel, and MyHeritage as an Israeli company does not
sell kits to Israelis, but I think that they do allow you to upload your
raw data >from other companies.

Avshalom Zoossmann-Diskin

Martin Davis wrote:

Yohanan Loeffler: "My understanding is that the tests are prohibited
by the Israeli law. Therefore MyHeritage, as an Israeli company, can't
sell a kit to anyone with address in Israel. An Israeli can do a test
only if someone >from overseas order the kit to their overseas address
and send it back >from overseas, and the account should be linked to an
overseas email. I wonder what does the law say and what is the rule for
kits >from other companies, e.g. FamilyTreeDNA."

Is that really so - no statement like that should be published without
citing the actual facts - it is just hearsay.

I would, at a minimum, want to know which Israeli 'law' this is -
definitely not the one that has been proposed to be used to establish
the right of return for former citizens of the FSU. I match with dozens
of Israeli kits on myHeritage and FTDNA and cannot imagine they, or the
various DNA testing centres based in Israel, are breaking or bending
the law but I'm happy to learn new facts!

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